CS165: Java (CS2) Data Structures and Algorithms

Object oriented concepts, assertions, inheritance, polymorphism, algorithms and data structures using Java.


CS165 (Section 001)

Lecture: 9:30-10:45pm, TR,**NOTICE CHANGE OF LOCATION** Physiology 243
Instructor: Wim Bohm
Office Location: COMSC 470
Office Hours: Wed 1pm-2pm

CS165 (Section 002)

Lecture: 10:00-10:50am, MWF, ENGR 120
Instructor Russ Wakefield
Office Location: COMSC 240
Office Hours: 8-9A M-F

Graduate Teaching Assistants

GTA: Gareth Halladay
Office Location: COMSC 120A
Office Hours: Fri. 2-4

GTA: Ryan Becwar
Office Location: COMSC 120A
Office Hours: Fri. 10-12

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

UTA: Miles Blaisus
Office Hours: Wed. 1-3



CS 163 or CS 164: CS1 Java Programming

MATH 160: Calculus 1 (corequisite)


Java Programming (Required):

Introduction to Java Programming (Comprehensive Edition), Daniel Liang (10th edition)

This course uses a Pearson digital product named Revel which contains important assignments and resources, see the instructions below:
  1. If you already bought a Revel license for the Liang textbook for cs163 or cs164, it should still be valid through this semester!
  2. If you have not bought the Revel license, the CSU bookstore is making it available for less than the price on the Pearson website.
  3. If you really just want to purchase the license directly from Pearson, use this link.
  4. After purchasing the textbook, the website to access the course is here.
  5. Before making a post on Piazza about any issues with REVEL, click here to access the FAQs and sign up instructions.

  6. Please use your email when you signup with Pearson!

iClickers (Required):

You are required to purchase an iClicker remote for in-class participation. iClicker is a response system that allows you to respond to questions we pose during class, and you will be graded on that feedback and participation. In order to receive this credit, you will need to register your iClicker remote on Canvas by noon, August 24, 2017. See the instructions for registering your iClicker on the resources tab.

Piazza (Optional):

This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, teaching assistants, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email Piazza will be accessed via the Module tab on Canvas. Piazza does not cost anything to students or the department. It allows students to post questions and get answers about the following topics:
  • Java Programming
  • Linux Operating System
  • Eclipse Development Tools
  • Programming Assignments
  • Revel Online Textbook
We expect to post clarifications about assignments as well as answering questions relating to assignments. Also, we plan on handling regrade requests, look for an announcement on rules for posting these to Piazza. Please use the existing topics we have created, do not create new ones. There are a number of things that we prohibit on Piazza, as follows:
  • Please do not post any of your assignment code on Piazza.
  • No profanity, sexism, racism, or anything in bad taste, of course!

CS165 Schedule

What Days Time Instructor Helper Where
Lecture (Sect. 001) TR 9:30am - 10:45am Wim Bohm Phys 243
Lecture (Sect. 002) MWF 10:00am - 10:50am Russ Wakefield ENGR 120
Lab (L01) WF 8:00am - 8:50am Ryan Becwar Joseph Galfand COMSC 325
Lab (L02) WF 9:00am - 9:50am Ryan Becwar Alex Shellum COMSC 325
Lab (L03) TR 3:00pm -3:50pm Gareth Halladay Hayley Gomoll COMSC 325
Lab (L04) MW 11:00am - 11:50am Miles Blaisus Alex Shellum COMSC 325
Lab (L05) MW 12:00pm - 12:50pm Miles Blaisus Alexander Garrett COMSC 325
Lab (L06) TR 2:00pm - 2:50pm Gareth Halladay Alexander Garrett COMSC 325
Lab (L07) MW 3:00pm - 3:50pm Ryan Becwar Caleb Carlson COMSC 325

Help Desk

The help desk is a breakout room on the north side of the COMSC 120 lab. Throughout the day there are lab operators in COMSC 120 that can provide limited help, but during the hours posted below a teaching assistant from this class is available to help students. The COMSC 120 lab is open 24/7.

Days Time Where
Tue. 10:00am-3:00pm COMSC 120
Tue. 4:00pm-6:00pm COMSC 120
Wed. 10:00am-6:00pm COMSC 120
Thu. 10:00pm-2:00pm COMSC 120
Thu. 3:00pm-6:00pm COMSC 120
Fri. 10:00am- 4:00pm COMSC 120


The course requires demonstration of a student’s grasp of the concepts on evaluations. Here is the grading scheme:

Activity Weight Description
Assignments 20% Java Assignments
Quizzes 10% In-class and Canvas Quizzes
Labs 10% Lab Attendance and Completion
Programming Quizzes 10% In-Lab Programming Quizzes
Midterm 1 15% First Midterm
Midterm 2 15% Second Midterm
Final Exam 20% Comprehensive Exam

Teaching assistants grade assignments, labs, and quizzes. If you believe you have been graded unfairly, talk with the help desk (assignments) or your teaching assistant (labs) first. If you cannot visit help desk, please post to the grade complaints topic on Piazza. Grade complaints will be considered only for two weeks immediately following when the assignment grade appears on Canvas!
  • Assignments will be done individually. As required by the department, we will check for collaboration using a software tool, so do your own work!
  • Lab participation is strongly encouraged. A portion of the class grade comes from successfully finishing the assigned lab work, and our previous students have indicated that labs are the best part of this class.
  • Programming Quizzes will be taken during lab hours with no additional aids. They are used to test your understanding of Java topics.
  • Revel is the online textbook to help you get hands-on practice for the Java Programming topics being discussed in class and Lab.
  • Peer Instruction sessions are held during lectures and require you to bring an iClicker. You should plan to bring your IClicker every day. There will not be any paper quizzes during lectures.
The assignment of letter grades will be made as follows:

Letter Grade Points
A ≥90%
B ≥80%
C ≥70%
D ≥60%
F <60%

In general, we will not assign lower grades than shown; however, your average score on exams must be ≥65% to receive a passing grade (C) in this course.

Important Dates

Date Description
First day of classes Aug. 21
Last day of classes Dec. 8
Deadline to add without override Aug. 27
Deadline to add with override Sep. 6
Deadline to drop without record entry Sep. 6
Last day to withdraw Oct. 16
Fall Break begins Nov. 18
First midterm Week 6
Second midterm Week 11
Early Access Final Exam Dec. 8, 8am-3pm
Final Exam (Section 001) Dec. 11, 9:40am-11:40am
Final Exam (Section 002) Dec. 14, 4:10pm-6:10pm

Midterms and the Final exam in the CS110 lab. The final exam is comprehensive.

In-Class Participation

All students taking this course are expected to participate actively. This includes asking and responding to questions. Students are also expected to scan the announcements on the home page and the progress page every day for updates. If an assignment changes significantly, we are responsible for sending out an email.